Huntington Beach

July 4 parade a neighborhood affair

HOME and business decorating contests will be a part of this year’s 4th of July parade in Huntington Beach (Orange County Tribune photo).

The annual Huntington Beach 4th of July parade has always been – at least in part – about history. This year’s event, the 116th will be making history all its own.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and regulations in place to curb its spread, this year’s Independence Day celebration will take on a brand new look.

According to the City of Huntington Beach, instead of one huge parade along Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, this year’s celebration will include smaller caravans of vehicles instead of large floats and marching bands which could promote crowding and large gatherings.

The revised parade route will travel through the downtown area and through various residential neighborhoods.

“Although the parade routes have changed, Huntington Beach’s patriotic spirit has never wavered,” said Mayor Lyn Semeta, “even during these challenging times.”

What’s now called the “OneHB Neighborhood Parade” will include two different routes and smaller caravans that will travel through the city between a.m. and noon.

Parade caravans will honor veterans, high school seniors, front line medical personnel and community dignitaries.

The routes, times and guidelines will be available later on www.hb4thofjuly.org .

In addition to the caravans, there will be a decorating contest for homes and businesses, and “best front yard float.” The theme is “Surf City Dreaming.”

Cancelled this year are the Festival at the Pier, 4th of July Run and fireworks show at the pier.

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